Letter from AACN's President and CEO Addressing Ebola

Dear AACN Members and Colleagues,

The international Ebola crisis has underscored the critical role nurses play on the front lines of keeping patients safe, educating communities, and providing quality care. The sad news that two U.S. nurses are now infected with Ebola requires a coordinated response from nursing and all health disciplines to ensure that care providers are well prepared to protect both patients and their own health. As nurse educators, we are particularly concerned with the safety of students and faculty in clinical settings. We also understand the critical role we play in educating nurses to respond effectively to Ebola using the latest evidence available.

To provide current information and resources to nurse faculty, students, and other stakeholders, AACN has created a new Ebola Resource Section on our website: http://www.aacn.nche.edu/news/articles/2014/ebola-resources. In this section, we highlight the latest information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention related to Ebola preparedness, as well as opportunities to educate nursing students and clinicians via national webinars and archived events. The site also contains links to resources provided by other national and international organizations as well as information on how schools of nursing are responding.

AACN is looking for more details on what is happening at the ground level at your institution to address Ebola. We encourage you to share information about your school's response to Ebola through these channels:

  • Let us know what your institution is communicating to students, faculty, and the public about the Ebola virus. Send links to information posted on your websites about efforts to educate nurses about Ebola, including any information on risk reduction and combating fear that we can share with schools nationwide. Send links to rrosseter@aacn.nche.edu.
  • Join the conversations already underway about the response to Ebola on AACN's online collaboration community, which engages thought leaders from both practice and education. See http://www.aacn.nche.edu/leading-initiatives/academic-practice-partnerships/community.
  • Share ideas for possible webinar topics and other educational programming that AACN can consider as we plan efforts to educate faculty and students about Ebola. Please send your ideas to mbondmass@aacn.nche.edu.

With your assistance, AACN will highlight how nursing education is responding to the Ebola crisis while providing resources and expert advice to clinicians and students. We will update this site on a regular basis as new educational opportunities and best practices emerge.

Together, we can help take collective action with the larger healthcare community and minimize the impact of Ebola on patients, providers, and the public.

Eileen T. Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN

Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN
Chief Executive Officer